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REM/Rate™ is a user-friendly, sophisticated, residential energy analysis, code compliance and Home Energy Rating (HERS®) software developed specifically for the needs of HERS® Providers and Home Energy Raters.

REM/Rate™ software calculates heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, and appliance energy loads, consumption and costs for new and existing single and multi-family homes. Climate data is available for cities and towns throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a home energy rating tool, REM/Rate™ meets the following requirements:

  • Complies with RESNET® National Home Energy Rating Standards as promulgated by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®).
  • Calculates energy loads, consumption and costs as well as sizes mechanical equipment and performs automatic International Energy Conservation Code compliance analysis.

In addition to energy rating, REM/Rate™ creates the following value-added information:

  • U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® v2.0, v2.5, v3.0 and v3.1 Home Analysis.
  • 2005 EPACT Tax Credit Certification
  • DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Certification
  • Energy code compliance (IECC 1998 - 2015)
  • National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) Compliance
  • LEED® for Homes compliance
  • Energy appraisal addendum
  • Utility bill analysis with weather normalization (existing homes)
  • Design optimization (new homes)
  • Heating and cooling equipment sizing
  • Utility bill DSM compliance analysis

REM/Rate™ operates in Windows® and has many unique features including a simplified input procedure, extensive component libraries, automated energy efficient improvement analysis, duct condition and leakage analysis, latent and sensible coding analysis, lighting and appliance audit, and active and passive solar analysis.

HERS® Providers throughout the U.S. use REM/Rate™ Software. The Software has a User Defined Reference Home feature which enables the HERS® Provider to create other reference homes (local construction practice, local code) that can be compared to the rated home. It also has an Export Database feature that creates a database of inputs and outputs for statistical analysis, archiving ratings and custom report generation.

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REM/Design™ is developed specifically with the needs of homebuilders, remodelers, energy consultants and designers in mind. REM/Design™ calculates heating, cooling, hot water, lights and appliance loads, consumption and costs for single and multi-family designs in over 600 North American cities. NORESCO continually upgrades REM/Design™ to become more applicable for existing homes. Look for future updates of new reporting, streamlined inputs and a web based application.

This Windows®-based software automatically analyzes the energy and economic performance of numerous energy design features including envelope insulation, air leakage control, duct leakage control, active and passive solar systems, heating and cooling equipment, mechanical ventilation and more. In addition to calculating energy performance, REM/Design™ sizes heating and cooling equipment, and automatically determines compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code for both the prescriptive and performance compliance paths.

Two levels of input have been designed for REM/Design™ users: Simplified and Detailed. Simplified inputs use general building design characteristics (e.g., house type) and built-in algorithms to determine building shell areas and other characteristics. Detailed inputs provide the user greater control over building specifications. Inputs include opaque wall construction details, window conduction and solar gain values, HVAC efficiencies, duct system characteristics, passive and active solar design features, infiltration rates (measured or estimated).

REM/Design™ helps you evaluate and promote the most cost-effective energy features for new home construction. The software analyzes the energy and economic performance of traditional and innovative design features, including active and passive solar systems, infiltration and duct leakage reduction packages, high-performance windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and panelized construction.

REM/Design™ identifies cost-effective energy improvements to existing homes. Using economic criteria that you specify, it automatically ranks energy efficiency improvements from the list of measures you've created. Once the treatments (energy efficiency improvements) and the rule base (i.e., if existing ceiling insulation is R-11, install R-19 to achieve R-30) have been created, they can be saved and used on future projects. The software also offers utility bill analysis, which facilitates calibration of the model.

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The ENERGY STAR® name and mark are registered trademarks owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LEED® is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED® and its related logo, is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.
HERS® is an acronym for the Home Energy Rating System, a registered trademark of the Residential Energy Services Network.
RESNET® is an acronym for Residential Energy Services Network®, Copyright 2010 Home Energy Service Pro, LLC - All Rights Reserved.
Windows® - Microsoft, Encarta, MSN, and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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